Varoon Shekhar wrote:" a crowd of newcomers saying what the media misleads them to say - that only the IAF has crashes and no one else.
- you get to see all the various international accidents I have tagged."
I suppose laypeople, and non-laypeople, would like to know how India compares in ratio of accidents to flying time, as well as total number of accidents. Which country is the 'worst' in this regard, and which the best? It does seem that India has quite a few. Even a BBC correspondent mentioned it as a worrying trend. Not that, of course, being on the BBC by itself is something so significant. But the problem remains.
This requires people to publish flying hours versus accidents. I have seen such stats only for US and India and around Tipnis' time and after it was stated that the IAF revamped its flight safety procedures and had reached norms that were comparable to "international norms"
That said my late cousin Suresh, who worked in Flight Safety and Flight accident investigation after a health issue retirement from the air force had mentioned to me a curious fact about flying times in India and the US. Of course he has been dead over 10 years now so these facts go back pretty much to pre-Sukhoi days. He said that the US, because of its extremely busy airspace and need for US aircraft to fly long distances for exercises routinely had to fly 2 hours or more per sortie with refuellings if need be because even fighters sometimes had to join a stack waiting for landing clearance.
But with Indias MiG 21s and their 45 minute flying time - there were more takeoffs and landings of IAF planes per 1000 hours of flying. With most flying accidents taking place around the time of takeoff or landing rather than mid-flight catastrophes, India's accident rates per hour of flying were much higher back then. I don't know what it is now but Jagan's page has a comprehensive list of all accidents. But China, Pakistan and a whole lot of other air forces simply do not make their flying hours public. Note that fewer flying hours means fewer accidents and the IAF flies one heck of a lot
But much of this has been discussed earlier in this thread and what I have written above is a repeat f what I have certainly written earlier in this thread, I would like to see IAf plans with a lot more safety features - cable cutters for helos and terrain following radar. The IAF flies in a treacherous environment and all Pilots who fly in Europe and India remark that Indian airspace has a haze that restricts visbility as compared to the miles of clear air above Europe. Not all pollution - much of it is dust (I have been told)
you would be doing great social service if you went to the site linked below and did a manual count and tabulated it on a spreadsheethttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_ ... y_aircraft